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Highlights of Costa Rica

Ten days is plenty of time to get a taste of the wonders of Costa Rica. This complete itinerary aims to show the most popular locations in order for visitors to experience amazing mountains, rainforest, rich wildlife and tropical beaches.
The journey starts in the heart of the city, San Jose. Then, head to the “little Amazon of Costa Rica”, Tortuguero land of the high rainforests, wide open river canals and home of the Green Sea Turtle.
After spending time on the Caribbean Coast, you will visit the mountain of fire, the Arenal Volcano for an adrenaline-pumping experience.
Continue your trip to the cloud forest of Monteverde for an eco-tourism expedition to the deep green valleys.
For the final part of your stay, relax at the tropical beach of Tamarindo for a bright sunshine and splashing adventure.

Day 1 - Arrival to Costa Rica

At the pre-arranged time personnel from Costa Rica Dream Travel Corporation will be at the airport to welcome your passengers, give them the trip documentation and transfer them to the hotel in San Jose.
After arrival at the hotel, express check in and time for leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

Day includes: Private transportation, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Country Inn & Suites, standard room - www.countryinns.com
Transfer duration: 20 minutes approximately.

Day 2 - The magic of Tortuguero

After an early morning pick up at the hotel, enjoy a scenic morning drive through Braulio Carrillo Park. On the way to Tortuguero, you will enjoy a delicious typical breakfast.
After breakfast, continue the way to Tortuguero through banana plantations. Then, cruise through rivers and canals to the 47,000 acre Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero is home to more than 300 species of birds. Look for toucans, parrots, kingfishers and the rare green macaw. Lunch and dinner served at the lodge.

Day includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, regular transportation, English Speaking tour guide, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Laguna Lodge, standard room - www.lagunatortuguero.com
Transfer duration: 5 1/2 hours approximately.

Day 3 - The colors of the Caribbean

According to the schedule of the hotel, cruise with naturalist guides along rivers lined by raffia palm, habitat of howler and white-faced monkeys, green iguanas and tropical birds. Look for white and snowy egrets and the amazing nests of the montezuma oropendola. Free time to enjoy the swimming pool and trails of the lodge. Listen to the joyful sounds of the jungle.

Day includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, boat tour at Tortuguero National Park English Speaking tour guide, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Laguna Lodge, standard room - www.lagunatortuguero.com
Note: Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park is not included
($ 17.- USD per person)

Day 4 - The impressive red landmark

Morning cruise on Tortuguero River. On the way to La Fortuna, enjoy a typical buffet lunch.
After check in at the hotel, time to explore La Fortuna town.

Day includes: Breakfast, lunch, shared ground and boat transportation to Guapiles, shuttle transportation from Guapiles to La Fortuna, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Magic Mountain, standard room - www.hotelmagicmountain.com
Transfer duration: 6 hours approximately.

Day 5 - The secrets of La Fortuna

During the afternoon, you will enjoy a hike to the Arenal Volcano. The tour starts with a drive to the western side of the volcano, which is the one that has been mostly affected by the initial activity since 1968. Once there, you will embark on a very informative hike on the Park trails. We can choose one of the trails depending on the client´s preference. We have Las Coladas trail which traverses the rainforest and crosses over a large lava flow from 1992 where we can observe all the impact of the past eruptions, or Los Tucanes trail which goes mostly thru the recovered forest of the past activity and where we can see more wildlife.
It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife and magnificent lava rock formations. Once on the top of the lava flow you will have a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake. The hike ends up at a view point, where if the weather allows you will see the volcano very close and feel like it is possible to reach with your hands. You will be able to feel some rocks rolling down, some seismic activity and some smoke from the main crater.
The tour concludes with a relaxing stop at the mineral hot springs of Baldi that features a series of natural pools filled with thermal waters, beautiful landscaped grounds and a close-up view of the volcano. Dinner will be served at Baldi Hot Springs.

Day includes: Breakfast, Volcano hike and Baldí hot Spring (transportation, entrance fee, guide and dinner), lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Magic Mountain, standard room - www.hotelmagicmountain.com
Transfer duration: 7 hours approximately.

Day 6 - To Monteverde

After breakfast enjoy an amazing view of Arenal Lake and Volcano with the Arenal Lake crossing. This service is a scenic, fast and newest way to go from La Fortuna to the Monteverde area.
At the dam of Arenal Lake, you will get aboard into a very comfortable and safe pontoon boat for a 30 to 40 minutes (aprox.) ride to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side of the lake. Once at Río Chiquito, we’ll leave the boat and make a short break. Afterwards, a microbus ride will pick you up to take you to the hotel in the Monteverde.
After check in at the hotel, time for leisure to enjoy the area or the facilities of the hotel.

Day includes: Breakfast, Lake Crossing, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Poco a Poco, standard room - www.hotelpocoapoco.com
Transfer duration: 4 hours approximately.

Day 7 - The beauty of the heights

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be ready to discover the secrets of the Cloud Forest.
Enjoy a trek on the famed hanging bridges in Monteverde, a combination of suspension bridges and platforms built in the cloud forest tree tops. By having the opportunity to be next to these host trees, you can experience up-close the amazing biodiversity and understand how the Cloud Forest truly is co-dependent on its environment. In addition to the pleasure of walking through the forest, the hanging bridges give you a special insight into how the forest functions.

Day includes: Breakfast, visit to the Hanging Bridges (transportation, tour guide and entrance fee), lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Poco a Poco, standard room - www.hotelpocoapoco.com
Transfer duration: 4 hours approximately.

Day 8 - Welcome to the Pacific!

During the morning, your transportation will be ready to transfer you to the North Pacific Coast. Drive through the only tropical dry forest in Costa Rica.

Day includes: Breakfast, shuttle transportation, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Tamarindo Diria, standard room - www.tamarindodiria.com
Transfer duration: 5 hours approximately.

Day 9 - Enjoy the Pacific!

The beach has been made to enjoy. Relax at the beach or enjoy an optional tour in the area. This amazing region of Costa Rica owns some of the most beautiful beaches of the country, and the nice and relaxing atmosphere of the hotel will inspire you, while you refresh yourself with natural sun baths at the beach.

Day includes: Breakfast, lodging and hotel taxes.
Overnight: Hotel Tamarindo Diria, standard room - www.tamarindodiria.com

Day 10 - Goodbye Costa Rica

At the pre-arranged time, and according to the international flight schedule, you will be transferred from the hotel to the International Airport in Liberia to take the international flight back.

Day includes: Breakfast and private transportation
Transfer Duration: 1 hour approximately

Pick up time flight schedule according to the international flight schedule.

International Airport Authorities and Airlines recommend all passengers arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled flight departure. Note: Airport Exit Taxes not included ($29 per person).

Program includes

- Private transfer from the airport in San Jose to the hotel in San Jose
- 1 night in San Jose at Hotel Country Inn & Suites, standard room (B&B)
- Shared ground and boat transportation to Tortuguero (by the lodge)
- 2 nights in Tortuguero at Laguna Lodge, standard room (full pension)
- Afternoon boat tour in Tortuguero National Park (regular basis)
- Shared ground and boat transportation from Tortuguero to Guapiles (by the lodge)
- Shuttle bus transportation from Guapiles to Arenal
- 2 nights in Arenal at the hotel Magic Mountain, standard room (B&B)
- Visit to Arenal Volcano National Park and Baldi Hot Springs (dinner included)
- Lake crossing from Arenal to Monteverde (regular basis)
- 2 nights in Monteverde at the hotel Poco a Poco, standard room (B&B)
- Visit to the Hanging Bridges
- Shuttle bus transportation from Monteverde to the North Pacific Coast
- 2 nights in Tamarindo Beach at the hotel Tamarindo Diria, standard room (B&B)
- 9 breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
- Private transfer from the hotel at beach to the airport in Liberia
- Lodging and sales taxes
- Welcome airport greeting
- 24/7 in country travel assistance

Program does NOT include

- Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park ($ 17.- USD per person)
- Additional activities not mentioned in the program
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Beverages during meals. Sodas or alcohol
- Airport taxes
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for tour guides and drivers

Notes

- Prices valid for a minimum of 2 adult passengers.
- Prices valid for the mentioned seasons.
- All rooms in standard room category unless mentioned above.
- Rooms features either one king size bed or two queen size beds. Triple and quadruple rooms are usually two beds.
- Children policy: maximum 2 children under 10 years old, sharing room with 2 adults
- Tips for the tour guide and drivers are not included.
- Transportation from the hotel at the beach to the international airport in San Jose would have a supplement of $110.- USD per person. Please note the duration of this transfer is approximately 5 hours.
- Reservations and confirmations would depend on hotel and services availability at the moment of the confirmation request.

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